Why do we need to save the bees?

Millions of bees are dying off across the country with alarming consequences for the environment and our food supply. While a number of factors are contributing to the bee die-off, a key one is the increased use of a class of bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics.

Numerous independent studies, including a 2016 EPA study, confirm neonics are harmful to bees. Neonic use has increased dramatically over the past decade. For example, neonicotinoid pesticide use on corn has increased from 30% to nearly 80% since 2000. 

Without bees, major sources of food, including a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables and even coffee and chocolate, would be lost. In addition, because bees pollinate alfalfa eaten by dairy cows -- many of our milk products could be lost.

And without bees, we would lose honey. In 2014, honey production from beekeepers who kept five or more colonies totaled 178 million pounds –- that’s a lot of honey! It’s hard to understate the impact on the restaurant industry if we don’t save the bees.

What does the Bee Friendly Food Alliance do?

The alliance keeps chefs, restaurant owners, and others in the food industry updated on the problems facing bees. It also provides opportunities to take action and educate customers about bees. Earlier this year, 235 chefs and restaurateurs sent a letter calling on the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides.

Another way to get involved is to put the Bee Friendly Food Alliance logo in your restaurant's window or on the menu to show support for protecting bees. 

We're working to save the bees 

We’re educating and engaging tens of thousands of Americans through our No Bees, No Food campaign. Take a look at our work here

Issue updates

News Release | Environment America

Chefs and restaurant owners: Save the Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined with Environment America today to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die off bee populations are experiencing, and the need to protect the pollinators.  

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News Release | Environment America

First bee in continental U.S. makes the Endangered List

Washington, D.C.— Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species. The native bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. 


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News Release | Environment America

119,662 Americans: Give Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Endangered Status

Washington, D.C.— As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers granting Endangered Species Act protection to the rusty patched bumble bee, groups are taking the fight to their front door. Friends of the Earth, Environment America, Environmental Action and the Sierra Club are delivering petitions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife headquarters today signed by 119,662 people urging the agency to enact immediate protections for the bee.  

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Blog Post

The next step for bee conservation | Christy Leavitt

Learn more about recent headlines: "Bee species added to U.S. endangered species list for first time."

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News Release | Environment America

Minnesota is the Bees Knees When it Comes to Protecting Pollinators

Boston, MA - Demonstrating national leadership, today Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson announced a comprehensive plans to limit the use of bee-harming pesticides across their state.

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